The Bailey School Kids drive a teacher mad, then are shocked when their new teacher turns out to be n...more**spoiler alert** Plot in three sentences or less
The Bailey School Kids drive a teacher mad, then are shocked when their new teacher turns out to be not only strict but also perhaps a vampire.
Chapter 1 In chapter one you get an introduction to the 4 main students of interest as well as a cursory into to Mrs. Deedee. Upon thrusting her hands into a drawer filled with min shaving cream, Mrs. Deedee goes on a tirade shouting “… someday you’ll get yours.” Maybe Mrs. Deedee really hates mint?
Chapter 2 Finely we meet Mrs. Jeepers, who by her name appears to be either married, or had been married. This is interesting in my opinion. Also enters Mr. Davis and egg shaped man, who appears to be a perfect principle. Mrs. Jeepers appears to be a very self confident as shown by her quote “thank you, Mr. Davis, I am sure we will be find” and “There are some rules I expect you to follow” and asked what happens when the rules get broken she replies “I hope you never have to find out”. Mrs. Jeepers states that she had changed her name when her family was forced out of Romania. I wonder what her real name was and why she was forced out of Romania. Perhaps she really is a vampire…
Chapter 3 Walking home Eddie and Melody notice someone moving into an old creepy house called the Clancy House. It turns out to be Mrs. Jeepers. After inviting the children in the house they quickly find a way to escape and much to the readers surprise its big bully Eddie who comes to the aid of Melody. After leaving the house Melody gets Eddie to agree that Mrs. Jeepers is “weird”.
Chapter 4 There are three pieces of evidence the children compile as to why Mrs. Jeepers is a vampire. 1. Mrs. Jeepers moving into the Clancy house. 2. Melody seeing a long thin box being moved into the basement. 3. Mrs. Jeepers being from Transylvania, where Count Dracula resides. And what’s the clincher that gets everyone? When Mrs. Jeepers comes in late and says she hasn’t sleep well that night. What kind of school is this? A teacher late on their second day of school? How ridicules. But Liza replies with “But vampires don’t wear polka dots” and this makes everyone reevaluate their position on the issue. When the class sets diligently studies math Eddie decides it’s too quite. He goes through a series of unsuccessful attempts at disrupting class, then comes up with a whopper of an idea. He drops a math book in the middle of a completely silent room. Mrs. Jeepers retaliates with scratching her nails on the board. What kind of teacher is this?? Then she turns around and looks strait at Eddie and says “that is quite enough”.
Chapter 5 Eddie finds he’s been transplanted into a class of goodie two shoes. But Eddie isn’t finished yet, he may have lost the battle, but plans on winning the war. After a few tries at making trouble Eddie decides to make a big scene. He is clearly a neglected child, searching for attention in all the wrong places. Finally after all his escapades at the front of the room come to an end when Mrs. Jeepers camps her hand down on his shoulder and picks him up off the floor and quietly says “That is quite enough”. Her favorite line evidently.
Chapter 6 Eddie is bombarded with questions about why he was acting so scared after Mrs. Jeepers put a stop to his antics. And that is when Eddie gets himself into deep doo-doo. He gets talked into breaking in to Mrs. Jeepers house to see what’s in the wooden box in the basement. Melody agrees to go with him just to make sure Eddie really does it. I get the feeling that Eddie and Melody act like a feuding couple. Is there a little budding romance that neither can admit too?
Chapter 7 After breaking and entering into Mrs. Jeepers home, they find the long wooden box and try to open it. They find it to be shut tight. Then they hear a thump and run out of the house Melody clings to Eddies arm after the thump, and Eddie tries to comfort her to a minimal extent, just before they flee. Looking back they see Mrs. Jeepers standing in the doorway with her green broach shinning.
Chapter 8 At the school the children tell their story, about the thump from the box, and about Mrs. Jeepers coming from upstairs to see who had been in her house. Everyone quickly decides that Mrs. Jeepers husband must be the vampire, (the how does she have all the powers… but ok) and that she takes care of him. Walking into the school Mrs. Jeepers tells Liza about how her husband is dead, but that she still “feels as though he is still with her”. Making the children believe their own story about Mrs. Jeepers even more.
Chapter 9 Durring a lunch room encounter Eddie realizes how much he has been acting like a good boy. He decides he will show Mrs. Jeepers who’s boss.
Chapter 10 Eddie decides to blow a big bubble with his gum, and Mrs. Jeepers pops it with a point and a rub of tha magical brooch she has. Mrs. Jeepers seems to have the vampire ability of hypnotism that’s for sure. She hypnotizes Eddie while they all play games since he is fooling around flapping his arms, knocking over chairs and the like.
Chapter 11 So the children decide that Mrs. Jeepers is a mad woman, just hypnotizing students in the middle of class like she did. But they also decide that no adult will hear them out, they will just laugh or stick them in the nut house. Now there is a problem with the world today, children scared to go to adults when they think something is happening that is wrong. Yes I’m aware that hypnotizing a student does sound ridicules, but they shouldn’t be AFRAID to tell someone. Ok enough about that one. Sounds like Howie is trying to move in on Eddies girl, sort of, that or he really cares about Eddie enough to try and protect him and simply needs help, who knows. So now it’s time to sprinkle some garlic salt around the room to help protect Eddie from his own destruction.
Chapter 12 Mrs. Jeepers turns out to be highly allergic to garlic, how perfect. Eddies stunts are thwarted by the bleariness of Mrs. Jeepers eyes while she blows her nose continuously. After a rude confrontation in the cafeteria Eddie storms off to plan the big trouble he can cause in class to get noticed and drive the teacher away. I think he is scared of learning.
Chapter 13 So in the final chapter Mrs. Jeepers has finally had enough huh? Spitballs the old classic. Who would have thought all along it was spitballs. Well finally Mrs. Jeepers stands up to Eddie face to face, the final conflict. She takes Eddie out into the hall and has a “talk” with him, what’s said? Never mentioned, keeps the suspense up. Did she bite him, did she hypnotize him and get him to tell her a dark secret? Who knows, only Eddie. After the years is up though the kids gather under their oak tree and decide that they couldn’t ever believe that they thought Mrs. Jeepers was a vampire.
The Nitty Gritty Basically a mediocre book for children, nothing mind blowing, nothing bad though either. I believe that other books in this series are better. This is not a strong first book.
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**spoiler alert** Is Mr. Jenkins a werewolf or not?
Facts: He is very hairy, says he has studied wolves, likes raw meat, shakes off water like a dog, se...more**spoiler alert** Is Mr. Jenkins a werewolf or not?
Facts: He is very hairy, says he has studied wolves, likes raw meat, shakes off water like a dog, seems afriad of fire.
Speculation: -Melody thought she saw a wolf wearing dog tags. -Eddie has an encounter with the werewolf while sleeping outside. -All the children think they hear a wolf howl oustide Mr. Jenkins cabin, and they think they hear the clink of dog tags. This happens twice. -While out on a night hike MR. Jenkins scouts ahead, the children then hear a howl and see a werewolf like shape in the moon light.
Conclusion: I think Mr. Jenkins is a werewolf. For: Eddie and Melody seperatly saw a wolf with dog tags and all four hear a wolf outside Mr. Jenkins cabin with what sounded like dog tags tinkleing. Also Mr. Jenkins seems to be alergic to Wolfsbane and Mistletoe Against: Mistletoe and Wolfsbane are poisonence plants. It is not unheard of to be allergic to these plants in large quantities.
Other outcomes: Perhaps Mr. Jenkins dressed up as a werewolf to scare the kids.(less)
So Santa comes to Bailey School. He starts out right off the bat by getting on my bad side. He smokes his pipe in the school! What ridiculous rules do...moreSo Santa comes to Bailey School. He starts out right off the bat by getting on my bad side. He smokes his pipe in the school! What ridiculous rules do they have in this school.
Eddie gets big old Santa Clause to come and solve his lack of christmas spirit how wonderful for him. The rest of us go on blind faith and general good cheer. Well congrats to you sir Eddie. (less)